Alan Owston was born on 7 August 1853 at Pirbright, Surrey, England and died on 30 November 1915 at Yokohama, Japan where he was buried at the Negishi Cemetery. He was a collector of Asian wildlife, a businessman and yachtsman, and founded the Yokohama Yacht Club in Japan. Alan Owston departed England for Asia in 1871. He worked as a merchant in Japan and was otherwise occupied as an amateur naturalist. In Asia, he collected over 1,300 fish specimens from Japan and China. He also collected reptiles, birds, clams, frogs and giant sea sponges. His collections can be found in many museums to this day including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. As a yachtsman, his craft the Golden Hind was known as the fastest yacht of its time at the Yokohama Yacht Club.